ZERO MOTIVATION Wins Best Narrative Feature at 2014 Tribeca Film Festival; Winners Announced!
The 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and presented by AT&T, announced the winners of its competition categories tonight at a ceremony presided over by Pat Kiernan and hosted at the Conrad New York in New York City. The Festival runs through April 27, 2014.
The world competition winners for narrative and documentary films were chosen from 12 narrative and 12 documentary features from 10 countries. Best New Director prizes were awarded to a first-time director for both narrative and documentary films, selected from a pool of 39 feature films throughout the program. Awards were also given for the best narrative short, best documentary short, and student visionary films in the short film competitions. This year's Festival included 89 features and 57 short films from 40 countries, programmed by a team led by Tribeca's Chief Creative Officer Geoff Gilmore, Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer, Director of Programming Genna Terranova, and Programmer Cara Cusumano.
This year the Festival introduced a new award, Best Narrative Editing sponsored by Manhattan Edit Workshop. Also announced at the awards were the Bombay Sapphire Award for Transmedia for the Storyscapes section, created in collaboration with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin, the Nora Ephron Prize, sponsored by Coach, Inc., and the Tribeca Online Festival feature and short film winners selected by the online audience. The winners of the Heineken Audience Awards, determined by audience votes throughout the Festival, will be announced on April 26.
"We are honored that such talented artists and storytellers chose to showcase their work at Tribeca," said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder, Tribeca Film Festival. "I want to congratulate all our filmmakers and thank them for being with us for the 2014 festival."
"The remarkable talents and qualities in this year's competition made the task of choosing the awards especially challenging for our jurors. That said the winners exemplify the artistic achievement and originality that truly makes them deserving of recognition," said Geoff Gilmore.
Screenings of the award winning films will take place throughout the final day of the Festival, Sunday, April 27, at various venues. Specific times and ticketing information are available on the Festival website, www.tribecafilm.com/festival.
In addition to cash awards and in-kind services provided by sponsors including AKA, AT&T, Allen and Deborah Grubman, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin, CNN Films, Coach, Inc., Company 3, Dreamworks Animation, FLATT magazine, Paul Hastings, LLP, Manhattan Edit Workshop, Warner Bros., the Festival presented the winners with original pieces of art created by eight contemporary artists, including Tim Barber, Tony Bennett, Stephen Hannock, Matthew Modine, Catherine Murphy, James Nares, Alexis Rockman, and Clifford Ross.
The winners, awards and comments from the jury who selected the recipients are as follows:
World NARRATIVE COMPETITION CATEGORIES:
The jurors for the 2014 World Narrative Competition were Lake Bell, Steve Conrad, Bart Freundlich, Catherine Hardwicke, and Ben Younger.
- The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature - Zero Motivation, written and directed by Talya Lavie (Israel). Winner receives $25,000, sponsored by AT&T, and the art award "Central Park, NY" by Tony Bennett. The award was given by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal joined by Esther Lee, SVP Brand Marketing/Advertising, AT&T.
Jury Comments: "The winner of this year's Founder's Award follows young women who must find their place and establish their identity in a world normally dominated by men and machismo. They do so with humor, strength and intellect. The filmmaker mirrors these same qualities. We believe a new, powerful, voice has emerged."
- Special Jury Mention: The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, directed by Guillaume Nicloux (France). The announcement was made by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal.
- Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film -Paul Schneider as Otto in Goodbye to All That, directed by Angus MacLachlan (USA). Winner receives $2,500 sponsored by Allen and Deborah Grubman. The award was given by Lake Bell.
Jury Comments: "This performance reminded us that even in the most ordinary settings, our lives can summon extraordinary humor, pain, awkwardness, and if we earn it .... dignity."
- Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film - Valeria Bruni Tedeschi as Carla Bernaschi in Human Capital, directed by Paolo Virzi (Italy, France). Winner receives $2,500 sponsored by Allen and Deborah Grubman. The award was given by Catherine Hardwicke.
Jury Comments: "In her elegant portrayal of a profoundly conflicted wife and mother, this actress crafts a complex performance of a woman wrestling between love, family and obligation. She layers both strength and fragility without self-consciousness, with a fearlessness to exercise both subtlety and restraint."
- Best Cinematography - Cinematography by Damian García, for Güeros, directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios (Mexico). Winner receives $5,000, and $50,000 in post-production services provided by Company 3. The award was given by Ben Younger.
Jury Comments: "The film perfectly captured the energy and hope of the youth in its nation's capital."
- Best Screenplay - The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, written and directed by Guillaume Nicloux (France). Winner receives $5,000 sponsored by Dreamworks Animation. The award was given by Bart Freundlich.
Jury Comments: "This screenwriter put a bodybuilder, a gypsy, a prostitute, and a world renowned poet in handcuffs at a dinner table and made it feel right. When a film's language feels so natural as to make the viewer completely forget that a screenplay was written, the writer deserves special acknowledgement."
- Best Narrative Editing - Five Star, edited, directed and written by Keith Miller (USA). Winner receives $5,000 sponsored by Manhattan Edit Workshop. The award was given by Lake Bell along with Josh Apter, Owner, Manhattan Edit Workshop.
Jury Comments: "The winning film pulls the viewer into its world from its first decision -- to live in the subtle emotional cues of the character's face for nearly four minutes. The hypnotic pace keeps the stakes rising throughout. The attention to detail in the transitions lets us know we are being guided by a true filmmaker."
World DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION CATEGORIES:
The jurors for the 2014 World Documentary Competition were David Edelstein, Nick Fraser, Andrea Meditch, Jenni Wolfson, and Marina Zenovich.
- Best Documentary Feature - Point and Shoot, directed by Marshall Curry (USA). Winner receives $25,000, sponsored by CNN Films, and the art award "Stanley Kubrick, Director's Chair" by Matthew Modine. The award was given Nick Fraser along with David Edelstein, Andrea Meditch, and Amy Entrails, SVP, Talent and Content Development, CNN Films.
Jury Comments: "The award goes to a film that makes its own rules. Working with hundreds of hours of first-person-selfie-footage by Matthew Van Dyke, director Marshall Curry creates an unsettlingly ambivalent and often darkly amusing portrait of a generation hellbent on documenting itself. Do we celebrate the so-called "manliness" of its protagonist-or wonder what the hell he's doing inserting himself into the middle of a violent revolution, like a Zelig with his own camera? It's a question viewers will brood on-much as this jury did."
- Special Jury Mention: Regarding Susan Sontag, directed by Nancy Kates (USA).
- Best Documentary Editing - Ne Me Quitte Pas, edited, written and directed by Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden (Netherlands, Belgium). Winner receives $5,000. The award was given by Jenni Wolfson.
Jury Comments: "This year's prize for editing celebrates a pair of filmmakers' ability to give shape, rhythm, and even mythic beauty to a story that might have been, frankly, a sodden mess. For finding luster in the most unlikely places, the winners of this year's prize for Best Documentary Editing goes to Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden for their bittersweet portrait of two Belgian boozers."
BEST NEW NARRATIVE DIRECTOR COMPETITION: